Tide Road Trip Continues through Louisiana

The top 10 Alabama (25-10 overall, 9-3 Southeastern Conference) baseball team travels to Hammond, Louisiana Wednesday for a mid-week game with Southeastern Louisiana (14-16 overall, 5-7 Southland Conference).

Alabama is ranked as high as eighth in collegiate baseball polls.

Southeastern Louisiana has two mid-week games on its schedule, traveling to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to face Southern Miss Tuesday night before returning home to face Alabama on Wednesday.

For Alabama, it's the first leg of a road trip that will take them to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a weekend series in Baton Rouge with LSU. The Tide will bus to Hammond Wednesday morning and go directly to Baton Rouge following the Southeastern Louisiana game.

Jake McCarter will once again draw the mid-week start for the Crimson Tide, and Alabama Coach Jim Wells said he plans to stay with McCarter longer in the game rather than breaking up the game in three-inning (or fewer) blocks with several pitchers. Once again, Wells will use David Ferazza to catch and give regular catcher Kody Valverde the night off.

SELA will pitch Chad Catalano, a right-hander, will start the game for the Lions. He has pitched nine and one third innings and allowed nine earned runs on the year.

Wednesday's game marks the mid-point of a seven-game road stretch for the Crimson Tide. Alabama took two games from South Carolina on the road this past weekend to take its fourth straight league series in four weeks of league play. The conclusion of the weekend of SEC play will also mark the mid-point in the regular season.

Alabama will enter the weekend with a five game lead over LSU and a two and a half game lead over its closest competition in the SEC West, Mississippi State. Bama is tied with South Carolina for the overall conference lead, but holds the tiebreaker by virtue of the two wins head-to-head this weekend.

SELA defeated Texas-San Antonio in their last outing Sunday to avoid a series sweep by UTSA.

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